Red, Red ‘Time

I’m so, so sad that today was our last Monday morning storytime over at Randall Oaks Branch until June 2! But, we had a happy group as usual today and a fun time reading “Red” stories. This summer… ANIMAL STORIES! Have a wonderful spring 🙂

( P.S. I will be repeating my (New) Book Love storytime over at the Dundee Library this Thursday night at 7 p.m. at their Pajama Storytime.)

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
*Flannel: Little Mouse
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
**Flannel: Five Red Strawberries
Flannel: The Little Red Hen
Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children)
Read Aloud #3: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
***Flannel: Red Jeep, Red Jeep
Read Aloud #4: Fire Truck by Peter Sis
“Dancing” Song: “Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck” from Barney’s Favorites Volume 1

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Little Mouse
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

**Five Red Strawberries
Five red strawberries
Juicy and sweet
My oh my, what a treat.

Along came Daddy
And one he did eat
Leaving four red strawberries
Juicy and sweet

(…Mommy, Sister, Brother, Baby…)

***Red Jeep, Red Jeep
Red jeep, red jeep, what do you see?
I see a blue van looking at me.
Blue van, blue van, what do you see?
I see a… green bus, pink limo, yellow cab, purple car
Purple car, purple car, what do you see?
I see a driver looking at me!
Driver, driver, what do you see?
I see a traffic jam looking at me!

Mellow Yellow

Here comes the sun FINALLY! And here comes a happy YELLOW storytime. Don’t forget to join us for our last storytime of the session next Monday!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Action Song: Five Little Ducks
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Read-aloud #2: School Bus by Donald Crews
Song/Flannel: The Wheels on the Bus
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #3: In My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli
Action Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
*Fingerplay: Beehive
**Flannel: Here is a Spring Flower
Read-aloud #4: Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Dancing Song: “The Wiggle Song” from Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*The Beehive
Here is a beehive
(Make a fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive—
One, two, three, four, five,
(Extend fingers one at a time)
They’re alive! Buzzzzzz!
(Wiggle your fingers)

**Here is a Spring Flower (using flannels of flowers with emotional faces)
Here is a spring flower who’s happy
Here is a spring flower who sighs
Here is a spring flower who’s sleepy
Here is a spring flower who cries
Here is a spring flower who’s angry
Here is a spring flower who’s sad
Here is a spring flower who’s noisy
And here is a spring flower who’s glad!

all around you have green

Well, no green grass quite yet… but there’s the hope of a spring around the corner with lots and lots of GREEN. Green stories today in honor of ST. PATRICK’S DAY! I hope everyone has a lucky week 🙂

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano
Song (with motions and prop egg and bird): The Green Grass Grew All Around
Flannel: Teasing Mr. Crocodile (Words can be found here. Felt board set available from Artfelt.)
Read-aloud #2: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro
Flannel poem: Five Green Shamrocks
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #3: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Fingerplay: Five Fat Sausages
Storytelling Activity: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (using story props)
Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Dancing Song: “My Energy” from Laurie Berkner: Under a Shady Tree

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

It’s Black, It’s White, Whoo

The Spring Storytime Session has sprung! (Even if nice spring weather has not…) Ms. Susan started off the session at Randall Oaks Branch Library on March 3 while I was on vacation in Los Angeles (a nice break from cold Chicago!). I was here for the March 10 storytime, though, and we started off a “Colors” series with “Black and White.” The session runs through April 7.

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Black Meets White by Justine Fontes
*Fingerplay: Five Little Kittens
Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (Flannel pieces here.)
**Fingerplay: Rain is Falling Down
Read-aloud #2: A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
Flannel Song: Little White Duck
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Read Aloud #3: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
***Flannel: 5 Little Penguins
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read Aloud #4: Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman
Song: “The Sneezing Song” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Dancing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right (run fingers to the left and then to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight (stretch fingers out tall)
Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun (hold up one finger from opposite hand)
MEOW! See those little kittens run (let fingers run)

**Rain Is Falling Down
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap the floor)
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
(Quietly. Flutter fingers delicately.)
Rain is falling down,
(Flutter fingers down.)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)

***Five Little Penguins (Source unknown.)
Five little penguins walking by the shore,
One fell in and then there were four.
Four little penguins sliding fast as can be,
One slid away and then there were three.
Three little penguins with nothing to do,
One went home and then there were two.
Two little penguins looking for some fun,
One stopped to catch a fish and then there was one.
One little penguin playing all alone,
He fell asleep and then there were none.

A Colorful Day

Storytime is back in session!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.)
Read-aloud #2: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Read Aloud #3 (with flannel): I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Read Aloud #4: Spicy Hot Colors/ Colores Picantes by Sherry Shahan
(“Dancing” Song: “Dancing Scarf Blues” OR “The Freeze” from Carole Peterson: Dancing Feet)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Other Options: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd; Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks; A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Many Colored Days

Happy Friday! Today is a snowy, white day in Chicagoland. These past couple of weeks have seemed a bit brighter for me… I was finally offered a new library job! Stay tuned for more details 🙂 Until then, here is a colorful baby storytime to enjoy.

A Rainbow of Fun Bibs to Books Storytime with Jennifer: September 15, 2006

OPENING:

Opening rhyme: Brown Bear

PROGRAM:

Story Apron with Velcro Pieces: Brown Bear
Book: Baa Baa, Black Sheep by Annie Kubler
Song (with scarves): “Peek a Boo” from Mary Lee’s Baby-O!: Activity Songs for Babies
*Flannel: Little Mouse
**Rhyme: Little Mousie
Song (with shakers): “Ducks Like Rain” from Carole Peterson’s H.U.M. All Year Long
Book: Maisy’s Rainbow Dream by Lucy Cousins

BOOK SHARE

Rhyme (song): I Love Books

TOY TIME
Rhyme: Tick Tock
(played music while playing)

Note: I sang “Clean Up” (Barney-style) while the babies helped clean up books and toys.

CLOSING:

Rhyme (song with finger puppet): Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Closing rhyme: Tickle the Clouds

*Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

**Little Mousie
See the little mousie (Touch fingers to thumb)
Creeping up the stair? (Creep fingers up forearm)
He’s looking for a warm nest (“Look around” with hand)
There – Oh! there! (Tickle child inside elbow or under arm)

Make Many Colorful Splashes!

Not only did we cover animals that make a splash, we also got in some counting and color identification. It was quite a wonderful and splashy way to end our storytime year and to introduce our “Make a Splash” Summer Reading theme.

It was also a nice ending to my time here in Burbank. I loved being a part of all your lives and will never forget you! Thanks for coming to storytime and for sharing stories, songs, dancing, puppets and bubbles with me.

Feel free to keep in touch (or keep track of me on this blog!), and have the best summer ever!

Stories Shared:
Little White Duck by Walt Whippo
The Wide-Mouthed Frog: a Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr. (Finger Puppet Set available here.)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet):
Hands Up High
Blackbirds
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I Clap My Hands
Thank You

Bonus Song:
Five Little Ducks (Flannel pieces can be purchased here. Lyrics and melody can be found here.)

Bonus Song:
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tune: “Muffin Man”
If you’re wearing red today, Red today, red today, If you’re wearing red today, Stand up and shout “Hooray!”
Repeat for other colors

Music:
Bob McGrath: Bob’s Favorite Street Songs (Rubber Duckie; Put Down the Duckie)
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Many Colored Sheep

We’re baaaaaaack! Time for another fun session of storytime! This week’s storytime was not only fun…it was colorful!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Stories Shared:
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Rain is Falling Down
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Tony Chestnut

Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

Music:
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Hokey Pokey)

Storytime has begun!!! Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Today, we started Toddler Tales at the Central Library. Every week, we will will experience new nursery rhymes, stories, songs and fingerplays. We will always start storytime with the rhymes The More We Get Together and end storytime with We Wave Goodbye Like This. (Young children find routines comforting.) We also end our day by gathering together to color special nursery rhyme sheets and to chat. Some weeks (about once a month or so), we do a special craft.

This blog is a great way to remember what happened at storytime and to track down stories and activities that were especially enjoyed by your children. I also hope to suggest additional related books and activities as well as share some early literacy tips in the future (once this blog gets rolling). Thanks for stopping by!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Books Shared:
Maisy’s Rainbow by Lucy Cousins
Lunch by Denise Fleming

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Apple Tree
The Quiet Mouse
Fun With Hands

Music:
Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)